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Tegaserod Maleate

Available by prescription only, tegaserod maleate (Zelnorm®) is approved for certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Specifically, it is licensed to treat IBS cases involving constipation and chronic idiopathic constipation. The medicine works by stimulating certain serotonin receptors in the digestive tract, which helps the digestive tract muscles move food through more quickly and makes the nerves in the digestive tract less sensitive.
 
However, it should be noted that the drug has been taken off the market in the United States, except for use in emergency situations. This is because the drug has been shown to increase the risk for a heart attack, angina, or stroke.
 
(To learn more about the drug's availability, effects, and uses, click Tegaserod.)
 

Tegaserod Maleate

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